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The College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University is
located in south central Alabama off Interstate 85 between Montgomery and
Atlanta. The college is known for its friendly small-campus atmosphere.
Veterinary medicine began as a department at Auburn in 1892
and became a college in 1907. Today it is situated on 330 acres one mile from
the main Auburn campus that serves more than 28,000 students. In addition, the
college has a 700-acre research farm five miles from its campus. The college is
fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Health & Wellness:
Auburn University’s Health Promotion and Wellness Services strives to
support student learning and academic success through evidence-based and theory
driven health promotion and prevention services. Health Promotion and Wellness
Services serve as health and wellness advocates for the Auburn Family and strive
to foster a campus atmosphere that helps cultivate and support healthy
lifestyle choices. Health Promotion and Wellness Services work in collaboration
with our diverse campus population to create positive transformational health
Disadvantaged / Accommodations: Auburn University recognizes and values the
considerable educational benefits emanating from diversity as we prepare our
students for life and leadership in a multicultural world. Students who
interact with and learn about people from a variety of backgrounds are more apt
to understand, appreciate, and excel in the community they inhabit. In this
context, diversity is aligned with Auburn University’s land-grant mission of
providing its students with a superior education in service to the needs of
Alabama, the nation, and the world.
Students who require accommodations must schedule a meeting
with a representative of Auburn University’s Office of Accessibility.
o Resident #: 41 Alabama residents
o Non-Resident #: 51
o Contract # and where: 38 Kentucky
o International Seats # 0
Applicant Pool (prior
Resident #: 110
Non-Resident #: 867
Contract #: 117 from Kentucky
Pre-Requisite Chart Update
Date pre-reqs must be completed:
June 15 prior to matriculation
Pre-requisite required grade: C- or better
VMCAS application: Yes
Supplemental application: No
AP Policy: must appear on official college
transcripts and be equivalent to the appropriate college-level coursework.
WES Report Required: Yes
GRE Test Deadline: September 1 of application
Experiences Requirements statement
A minimum 500 hours of veterinary experiences
are required at the time of application submission in addition to having
experience working with large & small animals
Letters of Recommendation (eLOR)
Minimum number required: 3
Veterinarian Required: Yes
Bachelor’s degree required: No
Required minimum cumulative GPA: 2.5 for Alabama
and Kentucky residents, 3.0 for non-residents.
Required Grades: C- or better for any required
Preferred GRE score: 300 or higher
Interview Required: Yes
Admissions Process Statement: Applications undergo review
after the VMCAS application deadline. Applications not verified by VMCAS are
not typically reviewed. Invitations to interview are sent 4-6 weeks prior to
Application Open Date: May 9, 2019
Application Deadline Date: September 17, 2019
Transcripts Received Date: September 17, 2019
eLOR Received Date: September 16, 2019
GRE Scores Received Date: September 16, 2019
Non-resident invitations sent: mid-December - Interviews:
Alabama/Kentucky invitations sent: late-January
- Interviews: March
Interview format statement: Qualified applicants
will be invited to an on-site 30-minute interview with multiple members of the
Admissions Committee. The purpose of this interview is to optimize the
committee’s understanding of the applicant’s communication skills, depth and
breadth of experience working with veterinarians, and professional potential.
Offers released: Within 12 days following interviews
Orientation held: Week prior to the start of
Deposit required: No
Defers granted: No
Transfers accepted: No
Organic Chemistry/Physics/Biochemistry GPA
Last 60 hours GPA (trend GPA)
Readiness to Matriculate
(PRIOR YEAR )
GRE Average: 306 (combined verbal and
GPA Average: 3.67
Number of applications: 1094
Number interviewed: Approximately 500
Number matriculated: 120
TUITION / COST OF
*For current year (2019
$20,588 - tuition
Fees – tuition amount reflects tuition and fees
$43,421 – cost of attendance (includes tuition,
fees, and estimated expenses)
are required to purchase a laptop computer through the College of Veterinary
Medicine’s tablet computer program.
$48,244 – tuition
Fees – tuition amount reflects tuition and fees
$71,077 – cost of attendance (includes tuition,
fees, and estimated expenses)
*First-year students are required to purchase a laptop
computer through the College of Veterinary Medicine’s tablet computer program.
EDUCATION / RESEARCH
Through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the
Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine offers students enrolled in
the DVM program the opportunity to complete Master of Public Health (MPH),
Master of Science (MS), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs while continuing
their veterinary education.
Applicants wanting to learn more about dual degree options
should visit https://www.vetmed.auburn.edu/education/dual-degree-programs/
The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) curriculum is a
rigorous four-year program which provides a broad-based education to all students.
This prepares them to enter a variety of career opportunities within veterinary
medicine. Students take 20 to 24 credit hours per term. This course load
requires an average of 36 hours per week in the classroom or laboratory for
students seeking to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
The curriculum is designed as a modified “systems approach.”
The first-year deals primarily with structure and function of the normal
animal. This year includes gross and microscopic anatomy, imaging, physiology, and
other related courses. During the first semester of the second year, several
principles courses are taught, such as immunology, infectious diseases, and
pathology. Students then begin courses based on a body system (for example,
gastrointestinal or cardiovascular systems). Each system includes appropriate
pathology, diagnostic techniques, and therapeutic measures for both large and
small animal diseases. Each semester also includes a case-based course related
to topics currently being taught.
All students are required to take at least four hours of
electives. Most take one elective course per semester beginning with the second
semester. The clinical year begins March of students’ third year in the
Top 10 FAQs
Q: Do you accept transfers to your program?
A: Curricula between programs rarely align in a way that
proves to be beneficial to students. As a result, the program currently does
not accept transfer students.
Q: Do you accept international students to the DVM program
A: Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine currently
does not accept international students to the program. U.S. citizens and
permanent residents may be accepted to the program.
Q: My school does not offer “cellular biology”, may I use my
microbiology/genetics/or other science course to fulfill this requirement?
A: Applicants may not use other science courses to fulfill
the cellular biology requirement. You may submit a detailed course syllabus to
the College for review if you believe a course that you have taken or are considering
taking fulfills the cell biology requirement. Only after reviewing the course
syllabus can a decision about that course be made.
Q: My school does not offer animal nutrition. May I take
this course online?
A: You may take animal nutrition online or as a
Q: Do you accept online courses?
A: Applicants who complete prerequisite courses through
online mediums are eligible for admission. However, we strongly encourage
applicants to complete science-specific prerequisite courses through traditional,
Q: May I be considered an in-state resident for tuition purposes
after living in the State of Alabama for one year?
A: No, there is not a process by which a student may change
their residency once admitted. All questions concerning matters of residency
should be directed to Auburn University’s Office of the Registrar by sending an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: If I am offered a seat in the class, am I required to secure
my seat with a deposit?
A: No. No deposit is required to secure a seat in the class.
However, students entering the class are required to purchase their tablet
computer through our tablet computer program by May 31.
Q: Other schools show that my GRE scores have been received.
How do I know if Auburn University has received my GRE scores?
A: Since GRE scores are sent directly to Auburn University
(using school code 1005), VMCAS does not reflect receipt of your GRE scores. Be
sure to keep a copy of your GRE score request receipt. The admissions
coordinator will contact you if your scores have not been received.
Q: Is there any benefit to submitting my VMCAS application
A: Applicants are encouraged to begin working on their
applications as soon as the application becomes available. Applicants are also
encouraged to take their time, submitting their applications only after they have
carefully reviewed it. VMCAS encourages applicants to submit applications by
August 15 to ensure they undergo verification in a timely manner. There is no
preference to applicants who submit their applications early in the application
Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about specific
courses/requirements that may not be outlined on the website or VMSAR?
A: You should contact the coordinator of admissions if you
have specific questions about courses and/or requirements. The coordinator of
admissions can be reached by sending an email to admissions@vetmed. auburn.edu.
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
||Number of Semester Hours
|Written composition #
|Fine Arts #
|Humanities/fine arts elective #
|Social/behavioral science electives #
|Mathematics—pre-calculus with trigonometry #
|Biology I with lab
|Biology II with lab
|Fundamentals of chemistry with lab
|Organic chemistry 1 with lab; Organic chemistry 2
|Animal Nutrition (Will accept web based or correspondence course)##
* Students must complete a 6-semester-hour sequence either in literature or in history.
** Science electives must be two of the following: genetics, microbiology, physics II, comparative anatomy, histology, reproductive physiology, mammalian or animal physiology, parasitology, embryology, or immunology.
# These requirements will be waived if the student has a bachelor’s degree.
##Will accept web based or correspondence course. Animal Nutrition must focus on large animal, small animal, monogastric, and ruminant species.
***The cell biology course, beyond an introductory biology course, should focus on the molecular biology of cells, membranes, cytoplasm, and organelles as well as energy, transport, motility, cell division, signaling, transcription, and translation. Microbiology, genetics, physiology, or other courses may not be used to fulfill the cell biology requirement.
Application Deadline: 9/17/2019